Musicals Tales of the City and Picnic at Hanging Rock to Be Developed at O'Neill Theater Center
By Andrew Gans
The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center has announced the two musicals that will be developed at the 2009 National Music Theater conference, which runs June 27-July 11 at the O'Neill's campus in Waterford, CT.
Picnic will be presented June 27 at 8 PM, June 28 at 3 PM, July 1 at 8 PM and July 3 at 8 PM. Tales will be performed July 4 at 8 PM, July 5 at 4 PM, July 8 at 8 PM and July 11 at 8 PM.
In a statement National Music Theater Conference artistic director Paulette Haupt said, "The Conference received a record number of submissions this year. Among the 152 projects considered, we discovered many worthy and promising new works by extraordinary writers and composers. Although we can only support the development of two of those projects this year, we extend our congratulations to hundreds of other deserving talents. We look forward to providing a supporting and challenging environment for the four artists selected, enabling them to further develop their visions and see their work come to life."
O'Neill executive director, Preston Whiteway, added, "Now in its 32nd Season, the National Music Theater Conference under Paulette Haupt will again host writers and works representing the best of new musical writing today. Daniel and the team of Jeff, Jason and John each have a unique voice which will give life to these well known tales. I look forward to welcoming them and our audiences this summer."
Details of the two musicals follow:
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Tales of the City
The 2009 NMTC will also reinstitute two residencies to writers and pieces earlier in their development. Names and projects of these residencies, along with directors for the two workshops, will be announced shortly.
Tickets will go on sale June 10 by calling (860) 443-1238 or by visiting www.theoneill.org.
The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, founded in 1964, is the "pre-eminent center for the development of new works and new voices for the American theater."
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